USA Field Hockey Weekly Report

Aug. 26, 2014, 3:29 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report-Week of August 25, 2014

Hard work and Dedication to the Process Paying Off for U.S. Men’s National Team
During the past few years, the U.S. Men’s National Team has been gradually making strides in the right direction and this summer we are seeing the benefits of these decisions with the current approach. The future looks bright with a long term plan being created and implemented that is pragmatic, realistic and detailed in a high performance package now shows how success and improvement can be gained. The opportunities are increasing for games and experience which our young group has handled incredibly well. In all series to date, the average age of the opponents has been at least four years older and between 20-50+ average caps to their advantage. This speaks volumes to the work that the Men’s National Team staff and players have managed with their resources and game plans to produce these results. We are hopeful that these outcomes will continue to track as positively as they have. As always in sports, the road to the top is often long and difficult but what we are seeing is genuine improvement

Earlier in the summer, the men’s team carried off an undefeated set of test matches against Chile and Mexico. Beginning on Saturday, the men have been competing in test matches against the FIH’s 7th world ranked men’s team Argentina, who also finished the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup in third place. The competitions are set at California’s Chula Vista Olympic Training Center. Thus far, two games have been played and the men have lost both but held their own.  

Rene’ Zelkin, chair of the USA Field Hockey Board of Directors and also a member of the FIH’s Competition Committee has been tracking results from the matches for the FIH. Over the weekend, Rene’ sent this reflection:

I get the match sheets as I am loading them into the FIH TMS system. The scores are good. I could see the PCs for Argentina are good. In the first game, all the goals were by PC even ours. The second game we got our goal on a PC and Argentina mostly on field goals. Overall, this sounds great for our boys. The training is paying off.

Rene’ is right. The training is paying off. The guys, both on staff and on the team, are dedicating long hours to improving their skills, and representing us well. Thank you to everyone involved in this massive effort! We would also like to thank the United States Olympic Committee for hosting the matches at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista and for providing their support services to the team and staff.

Boys take on the 2014 National Hockey Festival

Our tradition of turkey and turf is making its way to the West Coast in Newer Palm Springs, Calif.! We encourage field hockey guys from all over the nation to get out and gear up by registering for this year’s National Hockey Festival! Click here for more details. 

Ready, Set, Go! Register for a Futures Trial today!
Registration for 2015 Futures Trials is officially open for all athletes who did not participate in last year’s Futures program! The Futures program is the beginning of the Olympic pipeline and all of our current U.S. Women’s National Team members began their journey with Futures. For more information about the program and trials, click here.

Third Annual National Field Hockey Day
USA Field Hockey is excited to announce its third annual National Field Hockey Day is Saturday, September 13th! National Field Hockey Day, created to inspire participation and increase awareness of the sport, invites coaches, umpires, athletes, parents and fans to celebrate our sport in their communities. For more information on how you can get involved, click here.

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Have a great week!!

Steven Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey

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